Monday 28 January 2008

Phrase of the Day 180: 'bad egg'

"bad egg"

definition: A troublemaker; someone who has a bad attitude and causes trouble.

example:1) Emily is a real bad egg -- she's always starting fights and causing trouble.

2) We have to get rid of the bad eggs in the accounting department.

origin: In this phrase, 'egg' means 'person' or 'individual'. This is probably because the human head looks a lot like an egg. A bad egg, then, is a simply a bad person. There is a similar phrase to describe a good person - a 'good egg'.

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